Comedian Samantha Bee has apologized after insulting Ivanka Trump with an obscene phrase on her television show.
Bee was lambasting the White House adviser and US first daughter over the immigration policy of her father President Donald Trump.
Conservatives demanded Bee be fired like Roseanne Barr, whose sitcom was cancelled this week after she posted a racist tweet.
Bee acknowledged on Thursday she had “crossed a line” with her language.
I would like to sincerely apologize to Ivanka Trump and to my viewers for using an expletive on my show to describe her last night. It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it.
— Samantha Bee (@iamsambee) May 31, 2018
On her show Full Frontal, Bee attacked the president’s daughter over a long-standing US policy of separating undocumented immigrant children from their families.
“You know, Ivanka, that’s a beautiful photo of you and your child, but let me just say, one mother to another, do something about your dad’s immigration practices,” Bee said.
She then called Ms Trump a “feckless [expletive]”, employing an offensive term for part of the female anatomy.
Bee urged the first daughter to confront her father about the policy.
“He listens to you,” she said. “Put on something tight and low-cut and tell your father to [expletive] stop it. Tell him it was an Obama thing and see how it goes, OK?”
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called Bee’s language “vile and vicious”.
“Her disgusting comments and show are not fit for broadcast,” she added, demanding the cable network apologize.
Iger, where is my call of apology? You and ABC have offended millions of people, and they demand a response. How is Brian Ross doing? He tanked the market with an ABC lie, yet no apology. Double Standard!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2018